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John Cage having a thought about mushrooms.

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John Cage having a thought about mushrooms.

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“It is a mistake to imagine that all notes should be played with equal intensity or even be clearly audible. In order to clarify the MUSIC it is often necessary to make certain NOTES obscure.”
— pianist Artur Schnabel

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife, Lucille, in front of the Sphinx and Great pyramids in Giza, Egypt, 1961.

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Performed some Chopin and Rachmaninoff at the Harvard Club of New York today! A truly intimate yet surreal experience. Performed some Chopin and Rachmaninoff at the Harvard Club of New York today! A truly intimate yet surreal experience. Performed some Chopin and Rachmaninoff at the Harvard Club of New York today! A truly intimate yet surreal experience.

Performed some Chopin and Rachmaninoff at the Harvard Club of New York today! A truly intimate yet surreal experience.

Just had a weird realization about my life.

Music is often regarded as one of the least lucrative industries in the “real world,” regardless of musical genre or type of work (performing, managing, fundraising, etc.), but I am currently earning a decent amount of money as a college student through working two musical jobs (teaching piano, and working under composer Daniel Biro). In fact, both jobs pay higher wages per hour than most of the other jobs on campus.

It’s simultaneously encouraging, in that I’m getting paid to do what I truly love (and I’m doing the work for the work, and not for the money - such a good feeling), and frightening, in that it reinforces my fear that college is just some sort of temporary “fantasy land” that shrouds a cold, hard, long-term truth away from my sight. Hmm.

I’m listening to the album The Very Best of the Bill Evans Trio while writing up a synopsis of Massenet’s opera Le Cid for tonight’s segment of “Sunday Night at the Opera” on 95.3FM WHRB. Such a musically-discordant state of mind…

The Beatles - “Because”

My latest musical obsession phase: the Beatles. Inspired by a friend, I listened to four Beatles albums within the past week (namely Abbey RoadRevolverRubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), and I am so so amazed by how much musical talent, innovation, and quirkiness the band has - and, more amazingly, how radically this talent evolved over the course of their career. Their music is definitely more sophisticated than most pop/rock music nowadays.

This song, from Abbey Road, stood out particularly well to me as an example of how simply beautiful and haunting the Beatles’ music can become. Those vocal harmonies <3

Some pretty awesome news: I’m going to be working with composer Dániel Biró on the completion of his composition cycle Mishpatim (Laws), as a research partner at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study! This is fairly different from any other musical project I’ve undertaken - this is the first time I’ll be working so closely with a full-time composer - so I’m really looking forward to delving deeply into the composition process, and to discovering new insights that could inspire how I approach music as a performer and listener. wooooo music is great.

thesoupofthedayiswhiskey:

thesoupofthedayiswhiskey:

calms:

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What a badass angle.

Side note - her cello actually looks a lot like mine. Go team!

some life-altering music I came across over the past couple of months

  • Ibrahim Maalouf “Sensuality” (from the album Wind)
  • Vladimir Ovchinikov’s 1991 recording of Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux (particularly Op. 33 No. 8 and Op. 39 No. 2)
  • Esperanza Spalding’s “I Know You Know”
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s recording of “Up From the Skies” (originally by Jimi Hendrix)
  • Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach recordings
  • Dawn of Midi’s album Dysnomia
  • Kimbra’s 2014 album The Golden Echo
berlinphil:

Concert scenes
Photos: Markus Weidmann and Chris Christodoulo (Sir Henry) berlinphil:

Concert scenes
Photos: Markus Weidmann and Chris Christodoulo (Sir Henry) berlinphil:

Concert scenes
Photos: Markus Weidmann and Chris Christodoulo (Sir Henry)

berlinphil:

Concert scenes

Photos: Markus Weidmann and Chris Christodoulo (Sir Henry)